Eye supplements are the products that are taken for maintaining eye health and good vision. The growth in the supplement market is being driven by the increase in the prevalence of a related diseases, increasing geriatric population, increasing awareness about eye disease and preventative eyecare measures for avoiding eye and vision problems has been a major promoter of the eye supplement market. The global eye health supplements market size was estimated at USD 1.57 billion in 2020.
The national eye institute estimated 2.7 million Americans suffer from glaucoma, and it is expected to reach 4.3 million by the end of 2030. 2.1 million Americans suffer from advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and it is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2030.
Are these supplements really worth it?
There are lots of claims about these products, that some can help delay or prevent eye problems or disease. So what should you believe about eye supplements?
Your doctor should be your first source of information about your health. Regardless of dosage, supplements are not a cure for health issues or a substitute for, first and foremost, a healthy lifestyle or medication when needed. Most of the nutrients found in supplements can be obtained through the food you eat such as:
- Lutein & zeaxanthin
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Essential fatty acids
- Vitamin A
If you do choose to use any supplements you should take precautions as with any medication. There can be interactions between supplements and prescribe drugs, possibly Unknown since a lot of supplements have not been tested in clinical trials. Again consult your doctor to advise you and schedule a yearly dilated eye exam with a retinal image scan is the number one way to catch any issues early.